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The Madras high court on Friday ordered police protection, if necessary, to a Rajasthan girl who apprehended honour killing at the hands of her own family members.

Manju, 19, married a Tamil youth from Coimbatore in April this year and she was taken to Rajasthan by her parents by force later.
A division bench of the court on Friday permitted Manju to go with her husband, C Sudhagar of Coimbatore.

Manju said she married Sudhagar in April, but they were separated by her parents. After she was taken to Rajasthan by force, Sudhagar filed a habeas corpus petition in the high court. However, on July 10, she told the judges that she wanted to go with her parents not with husband. Now, in a new petition, the girl said she was forced to make such a statement before the judges by her family members, who threatened to file criminal cases against the couple and get them jailed.

On Friday, a division bench of honour killing, recalling their earlier orders, said: “In the light of the categorical statement of Manju that she wanted to be with her husband, who is a petitioner here, nothing further remains to be considered in the matter.”

Since she and her husband apprehend danger at the hand of her parents, it is open to them to give a complaint to police where they are residing, the judges said, adding, “on such complaint being received, the station house officer concerned shall look into the complaint and take action as per law and if necessary, provide protection to them since their marriage is an inter-caste marriage.”

Manju’s parents, who had been summoned to the court, informed the judges on Friday that they were not interested in pursuing the matter in view of the change in the attitude of their daughter.

Her counsel informed the court that both she and her husband appeared before the sub-registrar at Chennai north on July 17, and formally registered their marriage held on April 13, 2014.


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